Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 9 Hansard (26 August) . . Page.. 3185 ..
MR CORBELL (continuing):
Land (Planning and Environment) Act, pursuant to section 26 (1) (A)-Approval of Variation No 202 to the Territory Plan-Jamison Group Centre Master Plan, dated 25 August 2003, together with background papers, a copy of the summaries and reports, and a copy of any direction or report required.
I ask for leave to make a statement.
MR CORBELL: On October 2002, draft variation 202 to the Territory Plan to enable implementation of the Jamison Group Centre master plan was released for public comment. The draft variation proposed to vary the Territory Plan map to establish an urban open space land use policy with a public land overlay on part Block 16 Section 50, previously covered by Commercial B2C (Other Group Centres) precinct "b"land use policy. This will be a community park designed to retain the existing trees and provide a playground and active shop frontages along the south of the building.
The draft variation also proposed to change the area specific policies in the Territory Plan written statement, to enable implementation of recommendations contained in the master plan. These include:
Realigning the existing precinct boundaries. This realignment expands precinct "d"to provide a larger area for car parking to the south of the centre and allows the retail centre to address part of Redfern Street, improving the image and entrance of the centre. The new precinct boundaries generally allow for expansion of mixed use and retail facilities, to create more active street frontages and a more vibrant centre overall.
Provision for residential use is at ground floor level in precinct "b". This will enable implementation of the recommendation of the master plan for higher residential densities that will enhance retail trade, street vitality, centre diversity and public area surveillance.
Allowing plot ratio of 2:1 for sections 48 and 50 and 1.5:1 for section 49 as an acceptable standard. Higher density development will assist to promote environmentally responsible development outcomes and increased vitality for the centre.
Allowing a maximum building height of four storeys or 15 metres above ground level, whichever is greater. This increase in building height will assist in boosting residential density, to improve the day and night-time vitality of the centre, as well as promoting more environmentally sustainable development outcomes for the Jamison Centre.
Five written submissions were received as a result of public consultation on the draft variation, four of which expressed support, while three of those also raised other issues. Issues raised included, among other things, matters concerning precinct boundaries, height, accessibility and parking.
Following consideration of the issues raised in the public consultation, the variation was revised to include a minor change to the precinct boundaries, showing the